ORKHAN HUSEYNOV Born Baku, 1978 Lives and works Baku
Orkhan Huseynov graduated from Faculty of Ceramic Design at the Azimzadeh State Art College in Baku in 1995, and from the Faculty of Ceramic Design at Azerbaijan State University of Culture and Art in 1999. He received his Master’s degree in 2000 from the Faculty of Art History and Theory at the Azerbaijan State Academy of Fine Art in Baku. He works in the fields of installation, painting and video.
Solo exhibitions 2003 V. Samedova Exhibition Hall, Baku ‘Orkhan Huseynov: Old Baku’, Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam 2000 VakifBank Art Gallery, Ankara, Turkey ‘Orkhan Huseynov – Graphics’, Humay Azeri Cultural Centre, London 1999 V. Samedova Exhibition Hall, Baku
Group exhibitions 2011 ‘On Soz’, Alternative Art Space, Baku ‘Fabulous Four’, ArtExEast Foundation, Baku 2010 ‘Ground Floor America’, Den Frie Centre for Contemporary Art, Copenhagen ‘Contemporary Art of Azerbaijan’, Aidan Gallery, Moscow 2007 Azerbaijan Pavilion, 52nd Venice Biennale 2006 ‘Caucasus’ Exhibition of Azeri, Georgian and Armenian artists, Moscow State Centre for Contemporary Art, Moscow 2004 ‘Metro’, Space Gallery, Bratislava
Orkhan Huseynov is an artist who is equally prolific in painting,
Huseynov’s works reach much more widely in geographic and
drawing and many other media. From the outset, the focus of his work
temporal terms and his themes achieve a universality.
became his love of his country’s folk tradition and history. Culture, art, everyday life, monuments, traditional games – all found reflection
His conceptual work is similarly ambitious. For example, Sabir and
in his works. For example, he devoted an entire series to pre-
Splash are planar objects made of Plexiglas in which monochromatic
Revolutionary Baku: the Governor’s Garden, oil fields, night-time
colour emphasizes the graphic qualities, while the clearly delineated
Torgovaya street, restaurants, law firms, markets, the private lives
lines accentuate their poster-like presence. Splash invites the viewer
of the city’s inhabitants. All this was wrought with elegance, taste and
to meditate and to reach his own conclusion. Sabir on the other hand
humour, as well as, importantly, with great historical accuracy.
is a tribute to the memory of the genius Azeri poet-satirist Sabir. The drop of blood on the poet’s lips could be explained by his words
Civil themes of a more serious nature also find expression in his work
spoken on this deathbed: “I laid my flesh down for my people. But if
– the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Azerbaijan and its history. However,
God would give me more time, I would lay my bones down too”.
Published on Dec 2, 2011